Recap // Wisdom Teeth Removal
Two days ago I finally braved the dentist and I went in for my wisdom teeth removal surgery. I’ve known for at least 2 – 3 years (yes, years) that I needed to have them removed but I was terrified so I kept putting it off. I was also a bit angry because when I was in high school the dentist said I would have plenty of room for them and I didn’t need to worry about it. Obviously, he was wrong.
Last week I was having really severe pain in the lower left side of my jaw so I broke down and made an appointment with Dr. Haidari at East Cobb Premier Dental (if you’re in Atlanta, look him up). Dr. Haidari confirmed my fear – my wisdom teeth had to be removed. I cried. He assured me it would be ok but my anxiety took control and I couldn’t help myself. He wrote me a prescription to help manage the pain until I could have the wisdom teeth removal surgery and he wrote me prescriptions for Valium (to take the night before) and Halcion (to take the morning of) which he promised would put me in a state of “conscious sedation” for the procedure.
Here is how it all went down…
I woke up at 6:30am and took the Halcion as directed then hopped in the shower to get cleaned up before the appointment. At 7:00am I was getting dressed and…I don’t remember a single thing that took place after that until some foggy memories about sitting in the dentist’s chair watching House Hunters while the technicians performed my cleaning and the dentist removed my wisdom teeth.
Here is the really funny thing…
If you had asked me yesterday (during the few hours I was actually awake post-op) I could have told you how the whole appointment went. I remembered arriving to the dentist’s office. I remembered the technicians performing the cleaning. I remembered the episodes of House Hunters. I remembered the dentist coming in the room, extracting my wisdom teeth, and giving me instructions. I remembered leaving the dentist’s office. I remembered my husband driving to the pharmacy.
I remembered my husband telling me to sit in the car while he filled my prescriptions, not to take any pictures, and to stay off of all social media because I was far too sedated to handle it responsibility (instructions I clearly did not follow because shortly after being left alone I Instagrammed the photo below).
I even remembered to use my #TheLaMarLife hashtag in the Instagram post despite the rest of the caption being incorrect. That’s what happens under sedation, I guess. Lol.
As more and more hours pass since my surgery I remember less and less about it which I am sure is a good thing.
Of course, it didn’t all go as expected. Here are a few things I did not expect so if you ever have to have a wisdom teeth removal surgery you’ll be a bit more in-the-know than I was:
Halcion – So, I knew that taking the Halcion would put me in a state of “conscious sedation” but I did not know it would kick in so quickly! I showered at 6:30am and by 7:00am I was already unaware of what was going on. My husband said he had to remind me to finish getting dressed and I was barely able to comb my own hair. Oops! I probably should have showered the night before.
Sleep – I thought the sedation would wear off a lot sooner than it did. After we got home after my surgery I think I was only awake for about 3 – 4 hours total. Even then it was just long enough to take my medication and lay my head back down. I couldn’t have stayed awake even if I had wanted to because the drugs were getting to me so much. I basically slept a solid 24-hours.
Hot Drinks / Food – Oops! I thought I’d be able to eat soup and/or at least drink broth since I figured I wouldn’t be able to eat solid foods but I was absolutely wrong. I’m not allowed to eat/drink anything hot and I’m not allowed any caffeine at all so no soup and, even worse, no hot tea or coffee. I thought for sure hot tea would be my comfort, but no. 🙁
Overall, it wasn’t too bad. Thank you so much to each of you that prayed for me through my anxiety. You’re amazing!